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Moots Cycles partners with Dirt Sweat & Gears

Dirt Sweat & Gears (DSG), a 12-hour endurance race that is part of the USA Cycling 2009 Mountain Bike National Ultra-Endurance Calendar, got a sponsorship boost Wednesday when Moots Cycles signed a two-year commitment to back the event in Fayetteville, Tennessee. Moots crew members will travel 1,402 miles from their high altitude home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, to the oxygen-rich race venue to partake both as partners and racers in the popular southeastern US mountain bike event.

"Moots' pledge allows us to enhance the overall event for 2009 and 2010," said Clay Higgins, DSG event promoter.

Last year's Dirt Sweat & Gears drew 300 racers from 31 states and Canada including Nat Ross, Tinker Juarez, Josh Tostado, Rebecca Rusch and Pua Sawicki. This year's event is scheduled for May 9.

Festivities will also include a bike-lovers film and a 20 inch wheel night time trial in the infield of the race course. The main event will see racers cover laps of a 10-mile course with 1,500 feet of elevation gain per lap.

Professional men, women and singlespeeders will race for US$11,000 in cash with equal payouts to the men and women. Proceeds will benefit the Southern Off Road Bicycle Alliance (SORBA) to help in their continuing efforts to provide trail accessibility for the Southeast US mountain biking community.

For more information, visit www.dirtsweatandgears.com.

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.